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  1. 17 points
    ouchthathurt

    Brolly blowout

    So I've just got back from a long overdue session on my local water which I call zombie sheep lake. It's a spooky place at the best of times, being in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of a farmers fields surrounded by sheep. At night when you look around with a head torch, all you see are the reflections of eyes looking back at you. On my first session, I woke up after a blank night to find a dead sheep in the margins under my rod tips! How it got there without setting 3 alarms off I could never work out. Hence the name zombie sheep lake. Now I've fished it a fair few times and done pretty well, but something usually goes wrong there at some point, I've bogged the car in, slipped on sheep droppings and slid into the lake, had my bite alarms mysteriously stop working despite having fresh batteries, only for them to work fine when I get home... Yesterday I arrived to find the pond perfectly still, Sun shining and everything ok with the world. I made my way to the swim and flicked out the rods on 8 bait stringers, right rod to an island, middle to a hard spot surrounded by silt and left up the margin. Now this lake was an old WW2 gun emplacement with two concrete bunkers set into a hollowed out valley totalling about 2-3 acres. After the war, the guns were removed and the hollow flooded to create the lake. In fact the islands are actually the roofs of the concrete bunkers. With a slight breeze blowing into my face, I set up the 50 brolly with storm poles so I was sheltered from the wind, bedchair and camp all arranged and sat back to enjoy the view. The middle rod melted off, the Neville screaming its high pitched tone demanding attention. I picked up the rod, 12ft of fox torque carbon bending pleasingly into its battle curve, spool on the fox 12000 reel purring like a contended kitten as I did battle with a sprightly 15lbish common. Netting the carp, I slip the hook from his bottom lip and slip the carp back, happy to have caught. Another stringer soon finds its way out to the spot among the silt, and I clamber back in the bedchair. A few hours pass before the bobbin on the left hand rod creeps up an inch with a resounding beep from the neville, my eyes settle on the rod as the rod tip slowly starts to bend round to the left. On striking, the rod is quickly pulled down, I pump the rod and can feel a weight on the end, it was not a spectacular fight, a few gentle plods in the deep margins (6ft under the tips) and the carp quickly hits the surface and is in the net. I estimated it's weight at mid doubles during the fight so when this lump surfaced I was very surprised to see it was a good fish. On the scales, the carp went 31lb 8oz which was the biggest carp in this pond. I went to bed ecstatic and curled up in the bag with my hot water bottle and DSI Steven Fulchers autobiography. As sleep overtook me, I went to sleep happy that I had finally seemed to have broken the run of bad luck I have experienced at this lake, however, the lake had other ideas... at 7am this morning, the gentle wind increased to galeforce, the rain hammered down and the bankside became sodden. With a tremendous gust, the wind whipped round, and tore my storm rods and pegs clean out of the ground, deprived of this stability, the wind, now firmly under my brolly front, continued its path of destruction, tearing out the pegging points and flipping the brolly onto its back, snapping the spokes. My shelter now a write off, in torrential rain, I pulled together my soaked and ruined gear and trudged off home for a hot bath... Seems the zombie sheep lake curse hasn't released me from it's icy grip... 31lb 8oz common
  2. 17 points
    muftyboy

    August catches

    I'll start off this month if I may. Went done to my guesting place yesterday armed with a tin of hemp and a couple of pints of maggots and my float rod. Ended up with 2 tench and 3 carp. 21lb and just shy of 25lb. Epic battle on the float rod for over 30 mins with both , got weeded up numerous times. Proper thrilled to land them. The other carp was a small double.
  3. 17 points
    dayvid

    May catches

    Its not often I put photos here but here are a couple from the latter part of the week .
  4. 15 points
    smufter

    August catches

    I don't believe this!! The last time I brought Liddy up here she caught two to my blank... She's now just landed a 30.5 Linear. And it's a named fish. I'm never going to live this down!!
  5. 15 points
    smufter

    May catches

    First fish out of White Cottage for ages this morning. 30lb on the nose. ABS Plan b again
  6. 15 points
    emmcee

    April catch reports

    Had this 36lb 08oz mirror earlier today, the biggest of 5 fish today. Gone quiet now though.
  7. 14 points
    muftyboy

    June Catches

    had my 1st fish out of the secret lake about an hour ago. A few fish were breaking the surface so cast to them , within 5 minutes it tore off.
  8. 14 points
    yonny

    May catches

    Best of a 2 fish catch on my one day session of the spring on a reasonably low stock res. Buzzing with that.
  9. 13 points
    muftyboy

    January catch reports

    After 4 blank sessions on the more difficult one of my club waters I had this at 1,30am this morning. Packed up at 5, 30am to go to work so made it worth while.
  10. 13 points
    finchey

    November catch reports

    Just the one today 9lb 8oz. 😁
  11. 13 points
    Its-grim-up-north

    PTSD sufferer

    I’d just like to take the time to thank you lads, it’s a tiny little percentage of the internet this forum but just what I needed... I may not have the bottle to post to much on here but love reading the stuff you lads post... πŸ‘
  12. 13 points
    yonny

    September catches.

    Nice common from a morning session yesterday.
  13. 13 points
    finchey

    September catches.

    Two fish today 6lb and a new pb 17lb 8oz well chuffed, ignore the daft smile. πŸ˜πŸ‘
  14. 13 points
    muftyboy

    August catches

    Rod was in for no longer than half an hour. 43lb
  15. 13 points
    muftyboy

    July catches.

    Back down this evening with the float rod.
  16. 13 points
    Dave Hedgehog

    May catches

    Managed this lovely one on Monday night. 22lb and stunning scale patterns. Caught early at 6.30ish then just one pesky tench. Lovely fish and a great nights sleep. Success for a school night!
  17. 13 points
    emmcee

    May catches

    Biggest of 3 fish so far at 28lb 14oz.
  18. 12 points
    chillfactor

    August catches

    Well arrived at blakemere early this morning, did the rounds etc 5 anglers on all blanking for a couple of days so nothing out. Set my nephew up first in the peg next door & I hadn't even started fishing & he's gone and banked a pb 24lb on the nose first 20 too for him . Already made the trip happy days 😎
  19. 12 points
    smufter

    August catches

    Lost a nice one in the pads early doors but just had this 23lb mirror
  20. 12 points
    Machali

    Rod Shots

    One of the most stunning places where I fished this year!
  21. 12 points
    muftyboy

    April catch reports

    Had a couple of hours yesterday evening, freelining prawn a couple of feet from the bank. 2 perch and 3 carp landed.
  22. 12 points
    Dave Hedgehog

    April catch reports

    So this just happened... not a great pic but it’s just off the phone. 29lb6oz
  23. 11 points
    dayvid

    Christmas Day till Boxing day

    Been here an hour or so and opened the account with a Mid 20
  24. 11 points
    ouchthathurt

    Return to zombie sheep lake

    Well after my last post entitled brolly blowout, I returned to zombie sheep lake, on my guard for any unnatural shenanigans. I had done a quick session last week which accounted for a mid double and a hook pull, so I was rather happy to get a last minute chance to get the rods out. A quick hour rolling boilies, and I was on the road. of course the lakes curse was already at work and a call from she who must be obeyed had me driving away from the lake and to a pharmacy for supplies, then a 10 mile detour to my fiancee's house to carry out my duties as a paramedic. (Its not like eyes are even that important...) several hours later, I am again heading to the lake, arriving at lunchtime. Not bad seeing as I left the house at 8am and its a 40min drive! On arriving I find the gate blocked by a boy racer and his profusely vomiting girlfriend, so after offering my services, which are declined, I await the boy racer to move out of the way so I can enter the car park. He soon disappears in a cloud of exhaust and dubstep screaming around the bends, no wonder the poor girl was sick! There was a cold North westerly blowing with quite a chop on the exposed water, so I chose a swim off the back of the wind so I don't lose a 3rd bivvy here, having just replaced the blown out brolly with a 60" oval and storm sides, the missus was right, those extra inches do make a difference... The rods set up, I find one of my Neville alarms has unexplainedly packed up, (yet worked fine again at home) so out with the delks and in with the rods. Set up with the same on all 3 rods, korda leadcore in gravel shade, fished helicopter style with helisafe beads and 3 1/2oz leads, Hooklinks being 25lb esp loaded in brown, about 10" in length to size 4 wide gapes fished blowback style with small shrink tube kickers. Single bottom baits on long hairs finished the set up. The left hand rod fished in the margins over 50-60 baits, with a small stringer to keep the rigs tangle free. The middle and right rods were fished to a silt bowl about 60yrds out over a couple of hundred baits. Brolly up, bed out, brew made, I sit back and enjoy the sun with another book (ted Bundy - interesting story, disturbed man!) When the left hand rod rattles off, a long and protracted fight soon results in a nice common in the net weighing in at 25lb 12oz 25lb 12oz. The night soon closed in and with it came the rain, so I got all settled in the dossbag and got some sleep. At 8am, I was woken by the sun shining straight in my eyes, I wake to find everything frozen and white with frost. Just as I am considering recasting the rods, and deciding it's far too cold, the middle rod pulls up tight and the bobbin just holds there, not coming out of the clip. On striking, I'm flat rodded at 60yrds then the carp comes in like a baby after that. Slipping the net under a good common weighing 22lb 12oz, proper winter carp. 22lb 12oz. At this point, I feel I've got away quite lightly with the zombie sheep curse so wrap it up and call it a day... To find the gate blocked by another car on the way out, after all, nothing like waiting an hour for a dog walker to come back and let me out...
  25. 11 points
    ouchthathurt

    PTSD sufferer

    If anyone wants to get behind a military charity, can I suggest SSAFA? After the breakdown of my marriage due to PTSD, and having approached a GP for help and being told that I would have to go on a 6-12 month waiting list for initial assessment (a timeframe doubled by the GP then "forgetting" to do the referral - 6 months waiting for an appt that was not gonna arrive) I was found by my parents and brought back to Sussex. They asked H4H for help twice but I was never seen by them. In desperation, (as I was a total mess, been hospitalised twice with pancreatitis due to self medicating with Stella and vodka - been tee total since 2016 - and having had my father find me removing my tow rope form the boot of my car - ideal noose after all) they contacted SSAFA or the soldiers sailors air force association. They spoke to a SSAFA rep who interviewed me the following day, (he was ex parachute regt) he immediately realised I was a danger to myself and referred me to a clinical psychologist privately of which they paid the fees, the day after the referral was sent, (a sunday) the rep collected me from my parents house and drove me to see the psychologist at her own home. I was formally diagnosed with severe untreated PTSD and referred for immediate treatment. I started counselling on the Tuesday. It took a while, but I got there. I even returned to the ambulance service, something I couldn't have done prior to SSAFA's intervention. On the last day of my treatment, the counsellor told me that it was "the first day of the new life" I left, drove to Wales to collect my boys, returned to Sussex and took my boys to a local holiday park 15mins from my house (nothing too taxing - got an awesome carp lake!!) walked into the restaurant and got chatting to a very attractive blonde girl, (terrified she would tell me to get lost - but as a test of confidence it was pretty scary!) After 3yrs and 3 months together the same blonde and I will be getting married next year... There is light at the end of the tunnel. Seeing my son catch his first fish, teaching my other son how to ride a bike, my youngest son catching a PB 28lb+ mirror... A thousand little things that I could have missed had SSAFA not stepped in, along with family friends children and my partner, I thought I was pretty strong, being a blood splattered war fighting medic, but my reluctance to ask for help nearly cost me everything. The fight in getting better was tough, but screw it, don't let the bad uns win! I mean, miss this? No way!
  26. 11 points
    snowmanstevo

    October Catch Reports.

    After a couple of short blank sessions a couple of new spots produced these 2 today. 😬😎🎣
  27. 11 points
    finchey

    September catches.

    One little fat 12lber today.
  28. 11 points
  29. 11 points
    emmcee

    September catches.

    Had the chance to get an over nighter in so as it was one of my baiting up nights I thought I'd see how the pre baiting was coming along. The lakes been fishing slow of late so didn't have great expectations but I found a few fish showing in an area so that's good enough for me. Just after first light and one of the rods ripped off and I landed this 21lb 10oz mirror. I'll take that as it's my first trip back since june.
  30. 11 points
    snowmanstevo

    August catches

    Did a day session at the local dawn till dusk,managed 3 from the margins. had 2 dropped runs (doesn’t happen much there) after the 2nd dropped run changed set up and landed the next 2. Happy with that just need to stop using blunt hooks. Some old warriors there,lovely fish. πŸ™„πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ£
  31. 11 points
    emmcee

    May catches

    Popped into my lake after work today knowing where the fish would be in these conditions which resulted in this 23lb 12oz mirror
  32. 11 points
    Ginger9991

    May catches

    Two weeks left on the ticket and I finally caught a grass carp. 15.6lb on one other in there and that's 27lb. Backed up with a couple 20's from the margin
  33. 11 points
    muftyboy

    April catch reports

    Good evening so far.
  34. 11 points
    emmcee

    March catch reports.

    I've just commited a school boy error. First fish of the year and my remote battery has died. So a mat shot. 26lb 12oz mirror.
  35. 10 points
    muftyboy

    January catch reports

    Seems like spotting that fish last time has paid off big time. Only had the rods out for half an hour after setting up in the dark. Left rod did a couple of bleeps and while I was waiting for it to go the right rod screamed off. 17lb 10oz mirror.
  36. 10 points
    Highy

    January catch reports

    First Fish of 2020...not weighed but give myself about 8lb...happy bunny
  37. 10 points
    snowmanstevo

    November catch reports

    I’m claiming it !!!!!! Size 22hook and bread punch roach fishing. Certainly welcome on a very frosty day oop north πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜¬πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ£
  38. 10 points
    snowmanstevo

    November catch reports

    Had this bad boy yesterday morning,greedy begger took a full sardine ! I know it’s not a carp but I’ve not been fishing for em the last few weeks πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜¬
  39. 10 points
    yonny

    October Catch Reports.

    Just the one this week, unfortunately a recapture but still welcome. Scraper 20.
  40. 10 points
    salokcinnodrog

    October Catch Reports.

    It gets better, seriously, 28lb
  41. 10 points
    chillfactor

    October Catch Reports.

    46 1/2 lb absolutely mint common what a fish 😁
  42. 10 points
    chillfactor

    October Catch Reports.

    33lb Moved back on to my original bait & spots from Saturday as they were showing early this morning .
  43. 10 points
    yonny

    October Catch Reports.

    Two carp this week on my day sesh, this being the prettiest.
  44. 10 points
    yonny

    September catches.

    Popped down yesterday for an afternoon sesh and fluked three out in those banging conditions. The best being this cracking common that came on dark.
  45. 10 points
    Its-grim-up-north

    September catches.

    chuffed to bits with this one, first fish to come out of the lake in almost two weeks. Far from the biggest in there but lovely to meet a fish I know rarely slips up.
  46. 10 points
    muftyboy

    August catches

    Got back from France last night. Tough week with Temps high 30s and not a breath of wind. Had a 43lb 1st night and then lost 2 on Sunday morning and not another bite until Thursday afternoon when we finally got a nice breeze on the lake. Had 2 Thursday afternoon and then 3 in a couple of hours at 1st light on Friday. Then about 11, 30 I hooked into what feltlike a proper lump. Hook pulled after a couple of minutes. Was gutted and actually said to my mate that that was my last chance as the Temps were rocketing again. I was right as I didn't have another bleep.
  47. 10 points
    carpepecheur

    August catches

    This is what fishing is all about for me. A neighbour had her grandson out for a visit. He is keen on fishing but never catches much. I offered to take him to a local lake to see if we could catch him his first carp. Mission successful.
  48. 10 points
    finchey

    July catches.

    I had a day session on my local club lake. I worked Monday night and went straight from work at 4am. I had three fish. 8lb,9lb and a new pb 14lb 8oz, well chuffed. Both side's. 😁😁😁
  49. 10 points
    yonny

    May catches

    The mirror.
  50. 10 points
    Highy

    April catch reports

    11.30pm...1st Carp of 2019...and on my new rods...only 6lb...😁😁😁


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